I was invited to be on a panel at Write/Speak/Code in New York. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was working while speaking at the event. It took me 2 hours to prepare for my 40 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 3 years. This was a for profit event.